In all the discussion about parking in Marlborough High Street, might I include a wider argument for the Town Council to introduce a climate change element.
There has been a lot of concern about air pollution in Marlborough as excellently described by Councillor Nick Fogg in his marlborough.news column back in 2017.
Surely a tree planting strategy produced by Marlborough Town Council which would aim to plant one thousand trees in the next ten years on behalf of the people of Marlborough and district would be a partial solution to the air pollution problem.
And……..wait for it!……… How’s about three of those trees to be planted in the central car park In Marlborough High Street, one beech at each end and an oak in the middle?
No doubt counter arguments will be produced to the idea of planting 1,000 trees in the next ten years?
“We already have Savernake Forest and many trees in and around the town!” “Yes but surely we could all do more if we thought hard about it.
“Trees in the High Street?” “You must be mad!” “Think of the impact that would have on cars and trucks passing through and vehicles parked in the middle!”
“But just imagine you are looking down the High Street from the top of St Peter’s Church one October day and there is a golden beech tree at the near end, an oak in the middle and in the far distance you can see the autumn colours of the beech with the Town Hall just peering over the top”.
“Yes, of course our tree surgeons will have to be keeping the trees under control to avoid branches falling on vehicles, proper vision for drivers in the High Street and leaves would have to be swept up in the autumn. These are not insurmountable problems.”
“And look at the pigeons, collared doves, sparrows and blackbirds that are perched in the trees!”
“And what a signal that would send out to other communities, that Marlborough was that concerned about climate change that our community had agreed to plant three trees in the famous High Street as part of a 1,000 tree planting strategy!”
Dr Nick Maurice